DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP) — the band featuring TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy and former EXODUS and LEGACY (pre-TESTAMENT) vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza — will release two albums on the Mascot Records label, 2005’s “DDP 4 Life” and 2011’s follow-up effort, “Death Sentence”, on August 14.
Billy originally teamed up with fellow Dublin, California ragers Willy Lange (RAMPAGE, LAAZ ROCKIT), Souza and three of the Billy brothers as well as some other local Dublin boys.
The seeds were planted in or about 1980 with a Bay Area thrash band called RAMPAGE, featuring neighborhood kids from Dublin, California — Chuck Billy, along with his brother Andy Billy, Greg Bustamante, Ernie Boehm and Willy Lange. The guys were about 18 years old and had all known each other since they were about five. They grew up listening to a variety of bands — from LED ZEPPELIN, KISS, AEROSMITH to THE DEAD KENNEDYS and THE SEX PISTOLS — and were influenced by the sounds of the late ’70s and early ’80s.
Souza recalled how the idea to reactivate the ultimate DUBLIN DEATH PATROL came to him: “Originally it was Willy‘s and Chuck Billy‘s idea. The first I heard of getting this project together was at a Raider pre-season game in 2005. Willy was telling me his idea of DDP and getting the old RAMPAGE guys together. But this version would have Chuck and I singing on every song and include different musicians that grew up in Dublin to play on this record. Well, I was right in.”
After six months of writing, arranging and restructuring songs new and old. the guys went in to record the first DDP album through strains and pains with Vinnie Wojno. Souza boldly claimed, “This is what we have to give to the metal world, a kick-ass, straight-up aggressive and in-your-fucking-face album of music by guys just from Dublin, California. Represented by members of TESTAMENT, LEGACY, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, LAAZ ROCKIT, TESLA, HEIST and a group of headbanging Dubliners that deserved status. For fans of the Bay Area thrash whom I love and will always, I hope they dig what Chuck and I have done vocally on the DDP project.”
In 2011, DUBLIN DEATH PATROL went back into the studio with the same team to record their crushing second album, “Death Sentence”. That same year, DDP played the famous Belgian metal festival Graspop Metal Meeting. Needless to say, the crowd went completely nuts.
DUBLIN DEATH PATROL is:
Chuck Billy – Lead Vocals
Steve Souza – Lead Vocals
Willy Lange – Bass
Andy Billy – Rhythm/lead guitar
Steve Robello – Lead/ Rhythm Guitar
Greg Bustamante – Rhythm Guitar
Danny Cunningham -Drums
Troy Luccketta – Drums
John Hartsinck – Lead Guitar
John Souza – Bass
Eddie Billy – Bass
Fan-filmed video footage of DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP) performing on June 25, 2011 at Effenaar in Eindhoven, Holland as the support act for CAVALERA CONSPIRACY can be viewed below.